Tyler Courtney | The Daily Illini

Members of Illinois’ student section, Block I, cheer on the Fighting Illini during their game against Nebraska on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Illinois won 14-13.

Quote of the Game:
“We never give up on y’all. We never give up.” 

Jihad Ward, defensive end 

Tweet of the Game:

“Boy Don’t It Feel Good.

-Running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Get The Daily Illini in your inbox!

  • Catch the latest on University of Illinois news, sports, and more. Delivered every weekday.
  • Stay up to date on all things Illini sports. Delivered every Monday.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Thank you for subscribing!

Game to Remember:

Ke’Shawn Vaughn 

The freshman running back ran for 98 yards on 24 carries. Vaughn took on all of the workload after starter Josh Ferguson left the game in the first half due to a shoulder injury. 

Game to Forget:

Taylor Zalewski

The senior kicker had a game to forget a week after he made the game-winning field goal in last week’s win over Middle Tennessee State. He missed both of his attempts against Nebraska — one a 51-yard attempt, the other from 41 yards out. 

5 Numbers to Know

1924 — The last time Illinois defeated Nebraska. 

0 — The amount of turnovers the Illini committed, the second consecutive game Illinois hasn’t turned the ball over. 

98 — Freshman running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s rushing total, the most by a freshman since Donovonn Young’s 100 yards against Western Michigan in 2011.

1 — Clayton Fejedelem recorded his first career interception. 

3 —  This was the third time this season that Nebraska has lost on its opponent’s last drive of the game.  

The Score:

Illinois — Nebraska

Scoring by quarter

0 1st 0

0 2nd 10

0 3rd 3

14 fourth 0

14 final 13

Big Ten Standings:

East Division (school, overall, conference)

Ohio State 5-0, 1-0

Michigan State 5-0, 1-0 

Michigan 4-1, 1-0

Penn State 4-1, 1-0

Indiana 4-1, 0-1

Rutgers 2-2, 0-1

Maryland 2-3, 0-1   

West Division (school, overall, conference)

Iowa 5-0, 1-0

Northwestern 5-0, 1-0

Illinois 4-1, 1-0

Minnesota 3-2, 0-1

Wisconsin 3-2, 0-1

Nebraska 2-3, 0-1

Purdue 1-4, 0-1


Sept. 5 VS. Kent State — (W 52-3)

Sept. 12 VS. Western Illinois — (W 44-0) 

Sept. 19  AT North Carolina — (L 48-14)

Sept. 26 VS. Middle Tennessee State — (W 27-25)

Oct. 3 VS. Nebraska — (W 14-13)

Oct. 10 AT Iowa — 11 a.m. 

Oct. 24 VS. Wisconsin — 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 AT Penn State — TBA

NOv. 7 AT PURDUE — 11 A.M.

Nov. 14 VS. Ohio State — TBA

Nov. 21 AT Minnesota — TBA

Nov. 28 VS. Northwestern — TBA

Up Next: Illinois at Iowa 

Illinois at Iowa, 11:00 a.m. CT, Saturday